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Stopping the Unravel - Hemstitching on a little loom

Updated: May 31, 2023


How do you stop the weaving unravelling on a bookmark weaving loom?


This is a question that weavers ask us when they first start to weave. It is a great question to ask, no weaver wants to create a beautifully woven bookmark or any other weave for it to simply unravel when it is removed from the loom. The answer is to do a simple hemstitch at the bottom and top of the weave and this blog shows you how to do just that.



Step 1:

Before you even start to weave you need to leave a tail on the first pick / weft / row of weaving. The length of the tail depends on the width of the weave, but a rough measure would be to leave a length 6 times the width of the weave. This thread needs to be threaded onto a needle.







Step 2:

Take the needle underneath the weave (as shown in this picture you may un-weave the weft on the final warp thread, but this is not a problem). Take the needle across 3 warp threads and up between the first and the second pick / weft / row of weaving.







Step 3:

Pull the needle up through the weave.













Step 4:

Create a loop with the yarn and take the needle around the first (rightmost warp on this picture) and bring the needle up between the 3rd and 4th warp thread below the weave.









Step 5:

Pull the needle and thread up through the loop.












Step 6:

Pull the thread tight - this will then form a tight loop around the first 3 warp threads.












Step 7:

You are now going to repeat the process on the next three warp threads. So, take the needle down between the 3rd and 4th warp thread and bring it up between the 6th and 7th warp thread between the first and second row of weaving.








Step 8:

Bring the needle and thread up through the weave and then take the needle down between the 3rd and 4th warp thread and up through the 6th and 7th warp thread below the weave.









Step 9:

Pull the needle up through the loop.













Step 10:

Pull the thread tight to secure the 3 warp threads. You will then continue across the loom in the same way. At the final edge pull the needle through the middle of the final warp thread and tie the thread off. This simple hemstitching will secure the weave onto the warp threads. When the weaving is completed, you do the same process at the top of the weave but reversed 180 degrees.




This blog uses one of our very small demonstration looms but the exact same process can be used with our bookmark loom weaving kits, pin less pin loom weaving kits or square loom weaving kits which are available in our shop.

Other blog articles include an article on how to change the yarn when weaving.













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